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Event Notification Report for January 12, 2009

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44754
Rep Org: MA RADIATION CONTROL PROGRAM
Licensee: NOT APPLICABLE
Region: 1
City: AMESBURY State: MA
County:
License #: NOT APPICABLE
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: J. THOMAS COULOMBE
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 01/06/2009
Notification Time: 13:28 [ET]
Event Date: 11/03/2008
Event Time: [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
HAROLD GRAY (R1)
PATRICE BUBAR (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - 5 MICRO CURIES OF RADIUM-226 FOUND IN TRASH

The following information was provided by the State via e-mail:

"An exclusive load of trash from a residential clean out from a dwelling resulted in a rejection at the transfer station [Allied Waste] when the radiation alarms sounded. The hauler provided the name of a person who had assisted a clean out of a deceased relative's residence in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Upon notification, they were required to hire the services of a competent consultant [Radiac Environmental Services out of Brooklyn, NY] to separate and identify the radioactive constituents. The competent consultant discovered a small knob, affixed to a machine screw assembly, located within a voluminous collection of household refuse. The consultant subsequently determined that the [knob] assembly contained 5 micro-curies of radium-226. The consultant also arranged for the proper packaging and shipment of this gadget for the relative of the deceased owner.

"The package was shipped from Newbury, Massachusetts to Brooklyn, New York on November 13, 2008. The shipment arrived in New York on November 17, 2008. This matter is considered closed."

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General Information or Other Event Number: 44755
Rep Org: CALIFORNIA RADIATION CONTROL PRGM
Licensee: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SAN FRANCISCO
Region: 4
City: SAN FRANCISCO State: CA
County:
License #:
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: KENT PRENDERGAST
HQ OPS Officer: RYAN ALEXANDER
Notification Date: 01/06/2009
Notification Time: 16:59 [ET]
Event Date: 01/05/2009
Event Time: [PST]
Last Update Date: 01/06/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL SHANNON (R4)
RICHARD TURTIL (FSME)

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE - RECEIPT OF AN UNLABELED RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL PACKAGE

The following information was provided by the State via e-mail:

"On 01/05/2009, an unlabeled, unmarked package containing 278 mCi of Rubidium-82 for cardiac PET studies was received at [the University of California at San Francisco] UCSF Receiving Department. The package was surveyed with radiation levels of 17 mR/hr at the surface and 0.5 mR/hr at 1 meter. A wipe of the package was negative. The container was not the usual one that UCSF has received for incoming shipments of Rubidium-82. The Receiving Department failed to contact the RSO's office, and instead contacted Nuclear Medicine to take custody of the package. Nuclear Medicine took custody of the package and exchanged the new Rubidium-82 generator for the old one. Nuclear Medicine alerted the RSO on 01/06/09, to the matter. The package insert indicated that the package was distributed by Bracco Diagnostics in Princeton, New Jersey."

The UCSF Assistant RSO contacted personnel at Bracco Diagnostics and was subsequently referred to GE Healthcare in South Plainfield, NJ. Personnel at the GE Healthcare facility are investigating the matter and will report back to the assigned State of California inspector.

State of California Report No. 1725-5010

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